Easy Rider (1969) Poster


Dennis Hopper: Billy



  • George Hanson : You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it.

    Billy : Man, everybody got chicken, that's what happened. Hey, we can't even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna cut their throat or somethin'. They're scared, man.

    George Hanson : They're not scared of you. They're scared of what you represent to 'em.

    Billy : Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.

    George Hanson : Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.

    Billy : What the hell is wrong with freedom? That's what it's all about.

    George Hanson : Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what's it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different thangs. I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em.

    Billy : Well, it don't make 'em runnin' scared.

    George Hanson : No, it makes 'em dangerous. Buhhhh! Neh! Neh! Neh! Neh! Neh! Neh! Swamp!

  • Captain America : [reading inscription]  If god did not exist it would be necessary to invent him.

    Billy : That's a humdinger!

  • Billy : You must be some important dude, man. Like, that treatment...

    George Hanson : Dude? What does he mean, dude? Dude ranch?

    Billy : Dude!

    Captain America : Hell no. Dude means - nice guy, you know. Dude means: regular sort of person.

    George Hanson : Well, you boys don't look like you're from this part of the country.

  • Billy : Where ya from man?

    Stranger on the Highway : Hard to say.

  • Stranger on the Highway : [giving Capt America some LSD]  When you get to the right place, with the right people, quarter this. You know, this could be the right place. The time's running out.

    Billy : Hey, man! Hey! If we're goin', we're goin'! Let's go!

    Captain America : [to the Stranger]  Yeah, I'm, I'm hip about time. But I just gotta go.

  • Billy : [while smoking a Joint]  Oh wow! What? Who's that man? What the hell was that, man?

    Captain America : Huh?

    Billy : [nervous]  No, man, like hey, man. Wow. I was watching this object man, li-like the satellite that we saw the other night, right? And, like, it was going right across the sky, man, and then... I mean it just suddenly, uh, it just changed direction and went whizzin right off, man. It flashed...

    Captain America : [interupting him]  You're stoned out of your mind, man.

    Billy : Oh, yeah, man, like I'm stoned, you know, man. But, like, you know, I saw a satellite, man. And it was going across the sky and it flashed three times at me and zigzagged and whizzed off! Man, and I saw it!

  • George Hanson : That was a - UFO beamin' back at ya. Me and Eric Heisman was down in Mexico two weeks ago, we seen 40 of 'em flyin' in formation. They - they -they've got bases all over the world now, you know. They've been comin' here ever since 1946, when the scientists first started bouncin' radar beams off of the moon. And they have been livin' and workin' among us, in vast quantities, ever since. The government knows all about 'em.

    Billy : What are you talkin', man?

    George Hanson : Well, you just seen one of 'em, didn't ye?

    Billy : Hey, man, I saw somethin', man; but, I didn't see 'em workin' here. You know what I mean?

    George Hanson : Well, they are people just like us. From within our own solar system. Except that their society is more highly evolved. I mean, they don't have no wars, they got no monetary system, they don't have any leaders; because, I mean, each man is a leader. I mean, each man - because of their technology, they are able to feed, clothe, house, and transport themselves equally and with no effort.

    Captain America : Wow!

    Billy : Well, you know something, man, I think, you want to know what I think? I think this is a crackpot idea! That's what I think. How 'bout that? How 'bout a little of that? I think it's a crackpot idea! I mean, if they're so smart, why don't they just reveal themselves to us, huh, and get it over with?

    George Hanson : Why don't they reveal themselves to us - is because if they did, it would cause a general panic. Now, I mean, we still have leaders upon whom we rely for the release of this information. These leaders - have decided to repress this information because of the tremendous shock that it would cause to our antiquated systems. Now, the result of this has been that the Venutians have contacted people at all walks of life, all walks of life -


    George Hanson : Yes! It would be a devastin' blow to our antiquated systems. So, now Venutians are mating with people in all walks of life in an advisory capacity. For once, man will have a god-like control over his own destiny. He will have a chance to transcend and to evolve with some equality for all.

    Captain America : How was your joint, George?

  • Billy : Hey, man! We've done it! We've done it! We're rich, Wyatt. Yeah, man. Yeah. Say, we did it, man. We did it! We did it. We're rich, man! We're retirin' in Florida now, mister.

    Captain America : You know Billy, we blew it.

  • Billy : I just want to know where you're from.

    Stranger on the highway : The city.

    Billy : You're from the city?

    Stranger on the highway : It doesn't make any difference what city, all cities are alike. That's why I'm out here now.

    Billy : That's why you're out here now? Why?

    Stranger on the highway : Cause I'm *from* the city; a long *way* from the city, and that's where I wanna be right now.

  • Captain America : You gotta room? Hey man! You gotta room?

    Billy : [after being flaked off by a motel manager]  You asshole!

  • Billy : [after being thrown in jail]  Parading without a permit? You gotta be kidding! I mean, you know who this is, man? This is Captain America! I'm Billy! Hey, we're headliners, baby! We've played every fair in this part of the country, I mean, for top dollar, too!

  • Billy : Listen, do you think you can help us get outta here with no sweat?

    George Hanson : Well, I imagine that I can if you haven't killed anybody - at least, nobody white.

  • Billy : That's what it's all about, man, I mean, like, you know. You go for the big money, man, and you're free! You dig?

    Captain America : We blew it. Good night, man.

  • Billy : [smoking joints at a campfire in the middle of nowhere]  I'm goin' down to Mardi Gras, I'm gonna git me a Mardi Gras Queen. Yeah, oh, man, wow, Mardi, that's gonna be the weirdest trip, you know. You know what we ought to do, man? First thing, man, go and get us a groovy dinner. Yeah, break out some of that cash, man.

    [dog barks - Billy barks back] 

    Billy : Out here in the wilderness, fightin' Indians and Cowboys on every side. What's the matter? You zoned? What? You're really zoned, huh?

    Captain America : No, I'm just, kinda tired, man.

    Billy : You're pullin' inside, man. You're gettin' a little distance, tonight. You're gettin' a little distance, man.

    Captain America : Yeah. Well, I'm just - gettin' my thing together.

  • Billy : Hey, man, what are you doing? Come over here, I gotta talk to you man. Hey man, everything that we ever dreamed of is in that teardrop gas tank and you gotta stranger over there pourin' gasoline all over it. All he's got to do is turn and look over into it, man, and he can see that...

    Captain America : He won't know what it is, man. He won't know what it is. Don't worry, Billy. Everything's alright.

    Billy : Alright, man. I don't know, man.

    Captain America : I do. Everything's fine, Billy.

  • Stranger on the Highway : I sometimes say it all day.

    Billy : Really? You say it all day?

    Stranger on the Highway : We don't have much longer, we'll be there soon.

  • Billy : Say, what is that weird thing up there on the hill, man. It looks like a stage. You got a light opera coming here or something?

    Lisa : That's the mime troupe's stage. They've gone down to the hot springs to bathe.

    Billy : Mime troupe?

  • Billy : There's nothin' but sand, man. They're not gonna make it, man. They ain't gonna grow anything here.

    Captain America : They're gonna make it. Dig. They're gonna make it.

  • Billy : Weirdo hicks, man. A bunch of weirdo hicks, here!

  • Billy : I'm sorry about that, eh, you know, that misunderstanding.

    George Hanson : Oh, that's alright. There's no misunderstanding. We're all in the same cage, here.

  • George Hanson : What do you say we take a look at these super machines we've been hearin' so much about.

    Billy : Let's get it on.

  • George Hanson : Do you ever talk to bullfrogs in the middle of the night?

    Billy : Not generally.

    George Hanson : You don't?

    Billy : No, I don't.

    George Hanson : You know what I used to do?

    Billy : What did you used to do?

    George Hanson : Well, I'll tell you one thing I didn't used to do is talk to bullfrogs in the middle of the night. Fooled you.

  • Billy : I'm getting a little smashed, man. A little smashed. It's hot in here, man. Chicks. Those chicks, man. Those chicks.

  • Karen : What's this? I mean, is this really your hair?


    Billy : Hey, really, what is this? Is this really your hair?

    [Karen laughs] 

    Billy : Are you kidding me?

    Karen : What are these things?

    [grabs Billy's shell necklace] 

    Billy : What is this thing?

    [grabs Karen's boobs] 

    Billy : What are these, huh?

    [Karen laughs] 

    Karen : You know, I'm kind of a freak myself.

    Billy : I never really thought of myself as a freak. But, I love to freak.

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